Close to Famous

By Joan Bauer - Viking Juvenile (Publisher)

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  • ISBN No. (10) : 0670012823
  • ISBN No. (13) : 9780670012824
  • Language : English
  • Pages : 250
  • Dimension : 8.3 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Cover Type : Hardcover
  • Condition : New Bargain Book
  • Complementary Item : N/A
Price :   $ 8.00
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Twelve-year-old Foster McFee and her mother leave Memphis in the middle of the night, fleeing the mother’s abusive boyfriend. Foster has a severe learning disability, a pillowcase full of mementos of her dead father, and a real gift for baking. When she and her singer mother relocate to a tiny, rural West Virginia town, they discover a friendly and welcoming population of delightfully quirky characters. Foster finally learns to read from a reclusive, retired movie star; markets her baked goods at Angry Wayne’s Bar and Grill; helps tiny but determined Macon with his documentary; and encourages her mother to become a headliner rather than a backup singer, all the while perfecting her baking technique for the time when she gets her own cooking show like her TV idol, Sonny Kroll. Bauer gently and effortlessly incorporates race (Foster’s mother is black; her father was white), religion, social justice, and class issues into a guaranteed feel-good story that dodges sentimentality with humor. Readers who want contemporary fiction with a happy ending will find it here. Grades 5-8. --Debbie Carton

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